TIMISOARA ~ CARAS-SEVERIN ~ HUNEDOARA ~ CLUJ
* Visit Timisoara, the first city in Europe that had electric street-lightning
* Taste the iconic wines from Recas vineyards
* Fall in love in the Love Tunnel
* Uncover your adventure spirit in a military training camp
* Spend some time within the most beautiful underground sightseeing in the world
* Breath one of the purest air in Europe while discovering the wonders of Cluj Napoca green city
DAY 1 ~ ARRIVAL IN ROMANIA
Welcome and greetings on Bucharest, Cluj or Timisoara airport.
Car transfer to Timisoara.
DAY 2 ~ TIMIS COUNTY
Timisoara city tour
Welcome to Timisoara, the first city in Europe that had electric street-lightning !
Built between 1936-1941, Metropolitan Cathedral is its largest religious building.
Wonderful symbol of Timisoara, looking like taken from old fairy tales, this is the tallest church in Romania (90.5 m).
The nearby early 18th century Baroque Palace for sure will attract you too.
Nowadays it hosts Timisoara Art Museum, a landmark of contemporary cultural life.
Let your eyes wondering over the local, national and universal artistic values sheltered within.
Then head towards Theresia Bastion, the oldest building of Timisoara fortress.
It really has the charm of an authentic castle.
Iconic Wines Tastings, Recas vineyards
Enjoy a generous lunch before heading out to the local vineyards and wineries.
We are extremely fond of showcasing lesser known wine regions and estates.
In the same time we think it is about time to introduce you to some wine world’s rock stars.
We will provide a sneak peak into the rarest, most delectable wines of the moment from Petro Vaselo and Recas.
You really should join us at this magnificent tastings.
And see just why these wines have such a cult following around the country.
Whispering campaign says one of their premium wines – Sole Chardonay – is the favorite of a former Romania’s president.
DAY 3 – CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY
On 1.6 kms around the railroad connecting Otelul Rosu (Red Steel) to Caransebes, nature gave birth to one of the most romantic places in the country.
This was on the list of Europe’s hidden treasures until a photographer passionate about nature accidentally discovered it.
The superb tourist attraction made entirely of vegetation worth visiting in the spring, summer and early autumn.
By late autumn, the tunnel becomes very colorful due to the season: green, orange, yellow…
And a leaf carpet forms on the bottom.
But most of the trees loose their leaves and the “ceiling” is not so thick anymore.
If you go there in the morning or evening of a sunny day, we guarantee you will take some great photographs.
Although, since you are passionate about photography, you already knew that 😉
DAY 4 & 5 – MILITARY ENTERTAINMENT PARK
Ultimate military training in Romania
The great outdoors. You’ve been. But never quite like this.
Because we’re sending you to the only military entertainment park in Europe.
Where to spend the night
They’ve themed each room, and it’s stunningly beautiful. The staff is very kind and forward thinking.
DAY 6 – CLUJ COUNTY
This is a real nature wonder you should not miss.
Why ? Just because it is the most beautiful underground sightseeing in the world.
More beautiful than Cristals Cave in Mexic, San Clemente Church in Rome or Underground Gardens in Fresno, California.
Systematic mining of iron, gold, silver and salt in Transylvania began once with Roman occupation in Dacia.
But the first documentary certification of salt mining in Turda dates back to 1271.
This was one of the most important Transylvanian salt mines until 1840.
As in all Transylvanian salt mines, work force never included prisoners but only free people employed yearly.
Closed in 1932, it was an anti-aerial shelter for local population during World War II.
After 1950, the first 500 m of Franz Josef transportation gallery served as cheese deposit.
But only until 1992 when re-opened, it became a popular sightseeing.
Modernized in 2010, the former imperial salt mine became a wonderful strange park.
And a true history museum of salt mining.
Its panoramic elevators offer spectacular views.
And also the circular balcony suspended at 40 meters above the hall dug in salt.
In 2012, they filmed here several scenes of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, part 1.
They really took advantage of the great setting of Romania’s most modern salt mine.
Rudolf Mine (42 m deep) has salt stalactites that grow about 2 cm per year.
These break under their own weight when reaching about 3 m height.
It also has an 80 heated seats amphitheater.
Here you can delight your ears with various concerts or even with movies.
Terezia Mine is a huge underground bell (120 m deep) where you can enjoy boating on the salty lake within.
Just between us: when would you like to visit it ? We bring the car !
Breath one of the purest air on Earth
Even if it is hard to believe, in Romania you can breath better than in Switzerland !
It is true, only in some parts of the country.
But in those places you can make a healthy “cure” of fresh air.
Add the peacefulness and the marvelous landscapes and you will have the perfect destination to relax.
One of these 7 magic places in Romania is Cluj-Napoca green city, full of interesting wonders.
Cluj Fortress’ strongest defense point
Cluj fortification was built in the 15th century during the reign of King Matthias Corvinus.
Being the area most exposed to peril, Tailors Bastion was also the strongest defense point of the fortress.
Named after the guild responsible for it, destroyed and rebuilt several times, it changed its appearance.
The causes were quite varied. First, a riot of mercenaries who had not received their salaries. Then, successive sieges led by Hungarians and Turks in the 17th century. Later, a lightning that struck the ammunition warehouse causing an explosion. And of course, wars…
The present look dates from the beginning of 18th century when an Austrian General rebuilt it.
Communists arranged within the bastion a history museum with a photo lab and restoration workshop.
But this was never open to public because in 1959 the communists authorities prohibited the work.
1601 was the year of first Union of Romanian provinces.
It was also the year Baba Novac was executed near the Tailors Bastion.
This was General in Prince Michael the Brave’s army.
Returned from Vienna, the Prince reconquered the city.
And in sign of appreciation, he placed a flag on his general’s execution site.
In 1975, a Romanian sculptor built a statue of General Baba Novac in the gardens near the bastion.
One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe
Romania is spread with little green oasis of serenity.
And without fail this one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. It is also one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe. Its wonderful glasshouses keeps inside the biggest attraction of the place: the tropical plants. Roman and Japanese Gardens will equally leave a strong impression on you. And so it will the variety of plant species specific to all regions of Romania.
Where to dine
If you want to taste traditional regional dishes prepared in a unique exquisite way then this is the best choice.
DAY 7 – LEAVE ROMANIA
Car transfer to Bucharest, Cluj or Timisoara airport.
* What to expect: highly customized itinerary planning & travel arrangements with 10% discount for travel planning services for tours longer than 7 days, upscale / luxury rooms and suites recommendations, traditional / fine dining top restaurants recommendations, all in city private transfers by chauffeured car, entrance fees.
* Recommended all inclusive budget: 2,240 – 2,450 Euro per guest (based on 1-2 guests).
* Departures: all year round.
* Interests: family, gourmet, wine tasting, culture, art, history, castles / fortresses, churches, nature, relaxing, photography.
* Personal tour manager available on request.